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Astronomers have uncovered a star leaving the galaxy at an extremely fast pace.They also found out why.Turns out, it was unceremoniously booted out by The Milky Way's supermassive black hole.The star, called S5-HVS1, was found to be travelling at around six million kilometres per hour, or 1,700 kilometres per second, BBC Science Focus reports.The astronomers, from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Oxford, came across the discovery during a Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey."The velocity of the discovered star is so high that it will inevitably leave the Galaxy and never return," Douglas Boubert, a co-author on the paper, said.
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Southeast Asia’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the world, and it is expected to be the fourth largest by 2030, behind only the United States, China, and the European Union.A significant part of this growth is driven by the region’s digital economy, which is on an impressive upward trajectory.This leads to all kinds of trickle-down effects, particularly in the job market.Physical labor and roles that consist of repetitive tasks are likely to see less demand, and possessing digital and interpersonal skills will become increasingly important.“We live in an age where the lifespan of knowledge is becoming shorter while humans live longer,” says Santitarn Sathirathai, group chief economist at Sea.The research and public policy team at Sea collaborated with the World Economic Forum to put together the ASEAN Youth Technology, Skills and the Future of Work report, which analyzes how young Southeast Asians are facing the new reality of work and whether they’re prepared to take on the new paradigm.
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Home furnishing retailer Wayfair was among the first to adopt AR technology as a means of helping people better visual furniture and accessories in their own home, ahead of purchase.Today, the company is expanding its feature set to allow for more visualization capabilities — even when you’re shopping out in the real world and aren’t able to take a photo of your room to use AR.Instead, shoppers will be able to leverage a new feature called “Interactive Photo,” which lets shoppers take a photo of their room then visualize multiple products within it, even when they’re not home in their own space.The feature itself uses technology to understand the spatial information of the room in the image to give you an AR-like experience using your photo.Alongside this addition, Wayfair has updated its app to put its camera tools more at the forefront of the app experience.Similar to how you can click a camera icon next to the Amazon app’s search bar, you can now do the same in Wayfair.
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It's T minus 17 days until Black Friday, and we've now had a chance to sneak a peek at early Black Friday deals from Amazon, Dell, Costco, Sam's Club and Walmart.It was only a matter of time before Target released its Black Friday ad, and now we've got that in hand as well.Int he run-up to the big day, Target has been dribbling out the occasional awesome deal, like great prices on a Nikon D3500 kit and an iPad Pro.We'll keep an eye on those and other deals as the days progress.Otherwise, you can preview the deals coming later this month -- including a few we've highlighted below.Target deals available right now
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Sports apparel manufacturer Dainese and American Flat Track racing (AFT) have taken a significant step in the interest of motorcycle racing safety.Following a similar rule established in 2018 for MotoGP racing, American Flat Track Premier Twin competitors will be required to wear airbag track suits starting with the 2020 season.Differences in MotoGP and AFT racing include the types of falls that occur and how racers’ bodies move during events.These differences meant Dainese needed to redesign the air bag suits and reprogram the software that triggers inflation.According to AFT CEO Michael Lock, Indian Motorcycles’ racing team and the Dainese-sponsored Estenson Racing five-rider team participated in testing the Dainese D-Air airbag system during the 2019 American Flat Track season.D-Air racing suits have inflatable chest and shoulder sections.
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Hackers attempting to gather “evidence” before blackmailing…Security firm Proofpoint says it seen early evidence of new sextortion malware that drops a dedicated “pornmodule” onto a target’s computers.The malware, PxiXBot – a Remote Access Trojan, or RAT – contains a dictionary with pornography-related keywords.If an open window matches the text, it records audio and video on the infected machine, saves it with a “.avi” extension and sends it to command and control servers, Proofpoint said in a quarterly report.The malware is a step up from typical sextortion scams, which really on social engineering to blackmail targets out of funds by threatening to release evidence of potentially embarrassing online activity.“This module appears incomplete”, Proofpoint said however.
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It’s been 25 years since Mariah Carey released her magnum opus, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and each passing year has seen the track become more of a festive fixture in the holiday season.To celebrate the song’s anniversary and its singer’s apparent inability to age, British potato chip brand Walkers has built an entire holiday ad concept around it.In the spot, from London agency AMV BBDO, we see Carey performing her signature song, then defying her diva image by doling out generous gifts to the crew.But at the craft services table, a conflict is brewing.“It doesn’t get more Christmassy than Mariah Carey singing ‘All I Want for Christmas,'” says Wayne Newton, head of marketing for Walkers.“As well as entertaining the nation with a great piece of Christmas storytelling, the campaign brilliantly showcases our products and launches our festive flavors for the season.”
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AI holds enormous promise for the public sector — at least theoretically.But in practice, integrating AI components into public sector apps is limited by the fragility of those components and by mismatches among them.For example, if a machine learning model is trained on data that’s different from data in an operational environment, the component’s performance will be dramatically reduced.This conundrum motivated researchers at Carnegie Mellon to investigate classes of configurations in AI systems integration and to identify assumptions made by practitioners in different fields, including data scientists, software engineers, and operations staff.Their intention was to find new ways to communicate appropriate information explicitly, while at the same time developing practices to mitigate the impacts of mismatches.The coauthors — whose paper detailing the work was accepted to this year’s Artificial Intelligence in Government and Public Sector Proceedings conference — point out that deploying AI models in production remains a formidable challenge.
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Some Fallout 76 players in Australia who requested refunds due to the multitude of issues that plagued the game will be able to receive them.The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) accepted an acknowledgment from ZeniMax, the parent company of developer Bethesda, that it likely “misled consumers” over their rights regarding Fallout 76.Some players who purchased Fallout 76 complained to the ACCC after ZeniMax representatives told them that they were not entitled to refunds after the game’s launch.The latest entry in the Fallout franchise suffered from various bugs that hindered gameplay, in addition to lagging servers and visual problems.With the ACCC’s ruling, ZeniMax will now provide refunds to Fallout 76 players who requested a refund between November 24, 2018, and June 1, 2019.Players who follow through with obtaining the refund will, of course, lose access to the game.
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HANOVER, N.H. - November 1, 2019 - Dartmouth engineering researchers have developed a new approach for detecting a speaker's intent to mislead.The approach's framework, which could be developed to extract opinion from "fake news," among other uses, was recently published as part of a paper in Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence."To the best of our knowledge, our algorithm is the only method that detects deception and at the same time discriminates malicious acts from benign acts."The researchers developed a unique approach and resulting algorithm that can tell deception apart from all benign communications by retrieving the universal features of deceptive reasoning.However, the framework is currently limited by the amount of data needed to measure a speaker's deviation from their past arguments; the study used data from a 2009 survey of 100 participants on their opinions on controversial topics, as well as a 2011 dataset of 800 real and 400 fictitious reviews of the same 20 hotels.Santos believes the framework could be further developed to help readers distinguish and closely examine the intent of "fake news," allowing the reader to determine if a reasonable, logical argument is used or if opinion plays a strong role.
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Toys are big business in the run up to Christmas, and Argos knows it's the cheapest and most convenient retailers that can get the most money out of parents and kidults alike.And this week it's money off Play-Doh, Nerf, and Power Rangers.It's week three off the retailer's 'Crazy Code' deals, which gives you a special discount code that's valid for a single week.This week the code Play20 will get you 20 per cent off the three brands mentioned above, even if they've already been discounted one way or another.And it's everything Argos has in those brands.Even the giant-sized Nerf Elite Titan CS-50, which has an RRP of £98.
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In 2017, the La Tuna fire nearly destroyed multimedia artist Kevin Cooley’s Los Angeles home.Cooley has long used controlled flame to produce his artwork, but even a close call with personal immolation wasn’t enough to extinguish his interest in the subject.“Fire is something we control to basically make our world operate,” Cooley says, citing the fire we use to cook our food, heat our homes, and drive our cars (thanks, internal combustion!).Along with the invention of language, Charles Darwin considered our mastery of fire to be humanity’s most significant achievement.Working with a professional pyrotechnist, Cooley staged small, controlled chemical reactions at several undisclosed—but safe, he insists—outdoor locations.For each explosion, the pyrotechnist produced a custom thermite mix from his extensive chemical library, wrapped it in nitrocellulose (flash paper), suspended it from a wire, and lit the fuse.
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WhatsApp just took a hard new line against the malware industry, suing notorious Israeli surveillance contractor NSO Group for attacks on more than a thousand of its users.The case could mark a turning point in Silicon Valley's fight against private-sector espionage mercenaries.But before it can convince a court that NSO engaged in criminal hacking, WhatsApp may have to win a thorny legal argument—one that legal experts say could require some creative contortions.On Tuesday afternoon, WhatsApp published a statement accusing NSO of targeting 1,400 of its users, including at least 100 members of "civil society" such as journalists and human-rights defenders, with malicious voice calls designed to infect targeted phones with malware and steal messages despite WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption.Those numbers would represent a new scale for NSO, whose malware has already been linked to attacks against activists ranging from the now-imprisoned United Arab Emirates dissident Ahmed Mansoor to Mexican activists opposing a soda tax.WhatsApp paired its statement with a lawsuit in a Ninth Circuit court, accusing NSO of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as state-level charges including breach of contract and interfering with their property.
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It doesn't have feelings or intentions, but it's hard not to personify it when it seems to be fighting back against our attempts to study it.NASA's InSight lander has been struggling to send a heat probe beneath the planet's surface.The InSight team tweeted a GIF on Sunday showing the Heat and Physical Properties Package (HP3) probe popping back up out of the Mars soil from where it had partially buried itself.HP3 is better known by its "mole" nickname."Mars continues to surprise us," the NASA InSight team wrote."While digging this weekend the mole backed about halfway out of the ground."
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus users have the ability to beta test Android 10 and Samsung’s own One UI 2.0 starting today.This system was launched earlier this year for the Samsung Galaxy S10, and is now active in a number of regions through the Samsung Members app.The first country to get this update today – for the Beta program – is Germany.The United States and South Korea should be going live by the end of the day – Friday, October 25, 2019.That’s according to word with SamMobile today.To gain access to this newest version of Android on a Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10 Plus, users will need to open their official Samsung Members app.
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Tsukuba, Japan -- Spotting emerging trends in scientific research has always been challenging, as thousands of research papers are published every year on a vast number of subjects.But now, researchers from Japan have developed a novel technique for detecting cutting-edge trends in research that will be of keen interest to the scientific community, policymakers, and investors.In a study published this month in Scientometrics, researchers from the University of Tsukuba revealed the findings of their massive study of research papers in the life sciences published over a half-century.By analyzing the keywords that were used to identify thirty million research papers in the PubMed database, they were able to track how "hot topics" in research emerged over time.What is really exciting is that by examining how trends such as gene and protein manipulation in the 1970s or nanotechnology in the early 2000s emerged in the research literature, the researchers were able to uncover some general principles that can be used to detect topics that are emerging now, which is a far more challenging proposition than doing so in hindsight."As the existing methods of detecting emerging topics are retrospective in nature, it is difficult to use them to identify the topics currently emerging or the topics that will potentially emerge in the future," notes study lead author Ryosuke Ohniwa.
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Earlier this week, news of a particularly troubling flaw with the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader broke.Apparently, phones that had certain third-party screen protectors installed could potentially accept fingerprints that weren’t previously registered to the device.This, of course, means that someone who isn’t you could gain access to your phone, and that’s never a good thing.The good news is that an update to fix this issue is on the way.Samsung indicated as much yesterday, but now it’s come out with an official statement on the matter.“The issue involved ultrasonic fingerprint sensors unlocking devices after recognizing 3-dimensional patterns appearing on certain silicone screen protecting cases as users’ fingerprints,” Samsung said on its website today.
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Today's list is headlined by a pre-order deal for Google's Pixel 4 smartphones, which were formally unveiled earlier this week.Various retailers—including Best Buy, Amazon, and Google's online store—are currently bundling a $100 gift card with pre-orders of the new devices at their standard MSRPs.All of these gift cards are specific to a given retailer, so if you plan to take advantage of the deal, be sure to pick the store you're most likely to use again.If you're still on the fence, you may be better off waiting to see if Google drops the price of its new phones for the holidays; last year, for instance, Google cut the price of an unlocked Pixel 3 by $150 for Black Friday, less than two months after the phone first hit shelves.It's also worth reiterating that this is a pre-order deal: while the Pixel 4's 90Hz display and camera upgrades look promising and its guaranteed software upgrades are great, there are still questions we won't be able to answer until we finish fully reviewing the phones.Sign up to receive a shorter, tightly curated list of the very best tech deals on the Web—no nonsense, direct to your inbox, and often before they make it to the Ars homepage.
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China’s industry ministry has add Tesla to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, a designation that allows the electric automaker to begin producing vehicles in the country.Tesla’s inclusion on the list published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was reported by Reuters.A Chinese tech site also reported the news and provided a screenshot of MIIT’s approved automakers.Tesla is the first automaker listed.TechCrunch has reached out to Tesla and will update when the company responds.Tesla is building a $2 billion factory in Shanghai, its first manufacturing facility outside the United States.
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I took some photos with Google's newly announced Pixel 4 smartphone.Google's Pixel phones are often touted for having the best cameras on smartphones.The following isn't a review of the Pixel 4's camera, and I'm showing you the photos without commentary or analysis.The photos below were taken on an overcast day, providing a brief, and admittedly limited, glimpse at the kinds of photos the Pixel 4 takes.I'll be adding more photo samples taken on a sunny day, as well as photos taken with the Pixel 4's Night Sight and Astrophotography mode over time.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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At its annual hardware event in New York yesterday, Google lifted the lid on a host of new devices, as well as some new software smarts.As with most flagship smartphones, the cameras play a pivotal role in the new Pixel 4 lineup, with Google even taking a not-so-subtle dig at Apple on the subject of computational photography.“It’s not mad science,” said Google researcher and Stanford professor emeritus Marc Levoy, refering to a comment made by an Apple executive last month.It’s also worth highlighting one particularly cool new feature that will initially be exclusive to these Pixel phones.The new Recorder app uses speech recognition and AI to transcribe lectures, meetings, interviews and more—and makes them easy for you to find later.The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are available in three colors: black, white, and orange.
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Preorders are beginning today, and the actual phones ship in just over a week.So let’s assume your heart is set on a new Pixel phone, and you’re not willing to wait for the reviews.Should you upgrade based on specs alone?The choice isn’t quite as easy as “big” or “small” because Google’s new phones are expensive, at $799 and up — and because the excellent Pixel 3 and Pixel 3A are still sticking around for hundreds of dollars cheaper.Here’s the full lineup as of today:Pixel 4: $799 for 64GB, $899 for 128GB
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Archaeologist Dr. Behzad Mofidi-Nasrabadi of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) excavated cuneiform texts on clay tablets at Haft Tappeh, dating back to the middle of the second millennium B.C.The site of Haft Tappeh lies in southwestern Iran and was once the city of Kabnak in the Elamite kingdom.Thanks to funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to the tune of EUR 500,000, a project is underway to digitally process the texts and make them available to the public online."An automated system for reading these texts has yet to be developed."The project will first focus on the transcription of around 500 original texts.To do this, the researchers at Mainz will use digital 3D-objects of the clay tablets that have been created with the aid of high-resolution scanners in a previous project.
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When 22 women sued independent label Girls Do Porn in June for allegedly manipulating them into performing sex acts for a global audience, it wasn’t enough for giant adult video site Pornhub to stop promoting Girls Do Porn as an official “Content Partner” and profiting from the arrangement.After some of those women and their lawyers told Motherboard specifically how over 100 women had allegedly been lied to and bullied by Girls Do Porn, it was only enough for Pornhub to remove videos from the specific women who’d sued Girls Do Porn, and only from Pornhub’s official Girls Do Porn channel, not the rest of its site.It’s only today, three days after the federal government revealed that the owners of Girls Do Porn have been arrested and charged with counts of federal sex trafficking — and one of whom is currently a fugitive at large — that Pornhub has finally made its official Girls Do Porn partner page disappear, as Motherboard is reporting today.But not the videos strewn across its site, unless they were directly uploaded to that Girls Do Porn page.It makes you wonder what, if anything, will be enough to convince Pornhub and its porn owner MindGeek to proactively get rid of Girls Do Porn’s worrying content, seeing how the simplest searches for Girls Do Porn videos on Pornhub turn up plenty of Girls Do Porn videos that aren’t even trying to hide.They’re on YouPorn too, for that matter — another brand owned by MindGeek.
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Filmmaker Makoto Shinkai has followed up Your Name with another smash hit, Weathering With You, which has already earned nine figures in Japan and will be the country’s pick for Best International Feature at the Academy Awards.In this new subtitled trailer, it’s easy to see why it’s made such a splash.Weathering With You is about a young man named Hodoka who runs away from his island home to Tokyo, where he’s greeted by days of rain that seem to never end.That is, until his work for an occult magazine brings him face-to-face with Hina, a “hare-onna” (or “clear-weather woman”) who has the ability to stop the rain and clear the skies.Much like Your Name, it’s a story that blends Shinto with modern Japanese life, in this case focusing on Shintoism’s relationship to the weather and praying for sunny days.The film was already released in Japan and has gone on to earn about $120 million at the Japanese box office—according to Entertainment Weekly, it’s now one of the country’s highest-grossing movies of all time, right alongside Your Name.
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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all.The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and more than $100 billion in purchases.Just in the past quarter, consumer spending exceeded $23 billion and installs topped 31 billion.It’s a fact: we spend more time on our phones than we do watching TV.This week, the only thing on everyone’s minds was App Store censorship and Apple’s capitulation to the Chinese government.We also looked at the launch of a high-profile Catalyst app’s launch, and delved into a new analysis of Q3 trends.
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On Twitter, the leaks specialist Ice universe announces the arrival of a new Mi Note smartphone at the end of October.This series has become known for its very large screens marketed between 2015 and 2017.We imagine that a new giant smartphone signed Xiaomi will appear, in line with the latest Mi Max 3 (6.9 inches).By calling his smartphone Mi Note, Xiaomi is necessarily at risk of being compared to Samsung and its Galaxy Note series, known for their iconic stylus S Pen.We hope that Xiaomi launches a Mi Pen this year.That would make sense for this range.
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Oppo’s Realme sub-brand will be announcing the Realme X2 Pro pretty soon, first in Europe, before coming to the India market later in December.We have got enough teasers, and even leaks surrounding the device, the latest been the confirmation that it takes just a few minutes t0 fully jack the device’s battery to full capacity.Ahead of its scheduled launch, a bunch of live images of the device has surfaced online, giving us a fresh preview of the upcoming device.And like we reported previously, the leaked images reveal the Realme X2 Pro has a centrally placed Quad-camera setup.The camera position alongside an awkwardly positioned Realme logo, are perhaps, the only known feature that sets it apart from the standard Realme X2, at least from the rear angle.The logo was earlier thought to be a water map, but we do know now that the brand is only aiming to be different in this regard as no other OEMs have implemented similar designs.
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Pengarna ges via logistikbolaget Dagab och investeringsbolaget Novax.Apohem tänker använda pengarna för utökade satsningar på organisation och teknik.Läs mer: Nu lanserar Axfood eget nätapotek – ska utmana ApoteaDen senaste investeringen i Apohem kommer efter att bolaget fått en tuff start.Företaget saknade rättigheter att sälja receptbelagda läkemedel och fick efteråt inte heller sälja receptfria läkemedel.I början av året blev dock dessa problem lösta och nu gasar företaget.
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Just when we thought there was nothing left to leak about the Pixel 4, more news shows up on our doorstep.The latest comes from Nikkei, in a report that claims Google “has begun test production of a 5G smartphone that it may unveil as soon as next week.”According to the report, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are already going into mass production, while the 5G device is in test production.This could indicate the company plans to announce the devices simultaneously, but the 5G might not be available until a few weeks later.Apple decided to skip the 5G train this year, with rumors currently pointing to a 2020 launch.Beating Apple to the punch could give Google a leg-up in 5G technology, although it’s far from the first Android manufacturer to support the nascent technology.
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